God's Got This
We're living in tough times. Our nation is deeply divided. Our little town of Dayton is deeply divided. Our United Methodist denomination is deeply divided.
Your tough time may revolve around facing a surgery or battling an illness or working through the grief of having lost a loved one. Your tough time may involve broken heartedness over the division and animosity in our nation, in our community or in our denomination. Your tough time may be precipitated by destructive choices you have made or that are being made by a spouse or son or daughter. Your tough time may be trying to make it financially when you've been downsized out of a job.
In the face of tough times, I believe it is important to remember God's got this, and God's got YOU! Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:37-39:
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
In all these things we are more than conquerors. Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. God's got this, and God's got YOU!
Matthew tells us about a time when the disciples were in a boat, and Jesus came to them walking on the water. They thought He was a ghost, and they were terrified. Jesus told them, "Take courage. It is I. Don't be afraid." I have often needed to hear Jesus say this to me in tough times. He is with me. I don't have to be afraid.
Peter says to Jesus, "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water." Peter is looking for the thing we all want when we face tough times: assurance that it's really Jesus walking with us through them. Jesus simply says, "Come!"
Peter gets out of the boat and walks on the water toward Jesus. The power of God shows up when Peter takes Jesus at His word and acts on his faith. But then Peter shifts his focus from his Savior to his predicament. "But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!' " When he saw the wind. When he took his eyes off of Jesus. When he paid attention to the storm. That's when he began to sink. And that's when, to his credit, Peter cried out to Jesus!
Whatever your tough time, keep looking to Jesus. Believe that God's got this, and God's got YOU!" Don't tell God about the size of your storm. Tell your storm about the size of your God. Walk toward Jesus and walk with Him, and He will deliver you.
Whatever you face today. I have good news. Nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! Nothing. God's got this, and God's got YOU! Hold on to that, and not only will you survive the storm, you just might find yourself walking on water in the midst of it.